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Boat Names That Will Blow You Out of the Water

Updated on January 24, 2017
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Choosing A Name For Your Boat

You have just found your perfect boat, it has everything that you could wish for and more. The price is just shouting "Buy me, buy me"!

"Wait a minute" you say. "I could never ride in a boat called that!"

Naming or renaming a boat is not a task to be taken lightly, it requires thought and careful consideration. The name for your boat may want to reflect the type of boat or something personal to you.

Let's take a look at some of the possible names for different types of boats.

Boat Names For Speed Boats

If you have a speed boat or a racing sailboat you may want to opt for a name that is synonymous with speed.

This could be something not only that sounds fast but puts fear into your opponents mind. If you have a boat, let's say, for example, called "Sunshine seeker" and you wanted to race against a boat with the name "Greased Lightning", where would you put your money if betting on a winner?

It is all about appearances and the ability to maneuver a boat at speed but the name seems to help as well. Below are some examples of names suitable for this type of boat.

  • Lickety split
  • Greased lightning
  • Flying lady (notably from a Rolls Royce)
  • Blew By Ya
  • Breaking Waves
  • Rebel
  • Wake-up call
  • Bad boy
  • Banshee
  • Razor's Edge
  • Renegade

All of these would be staring in the face of your adversary as you went racing past and into the lead.


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Sailboat Names

If you think of sailing there are two types, racing, and cruising. For racers, you may want to see the names for speed boats above. For pleasure sailing, below are some suitable names. The word wind, not surprisingly, features heavily in these names. Even names of clouds can be used to great effect.

  • Summer wind
  • Second wind
  • Wind dancer
  • Tailwinds
  • Ocean Breeze
  • Peaceful Wind
  • Sailing Free
  • Sails Call
  • Cirrus
  • Nimbus

You can almost picture the wind filling the sails and hear the water splashing against the bow.

Foreign Names For Boats

The use of foreign names has always been a popular choice. Several are of Latin origins.

  • Carpe Diem (Seize the Day or Seas the day)
  • La Belle Vita (The beautiful life)
  • Ohana (Hawaiian term for the extended family)
  • Whãnau (Maori term for extended family)
  • Adaigo ( slow tempo)
  • Adios (Good-bye)

If you are only going to use your boat to cruise in English speaking areas, perhaps these aren't for you unless you are wanting to appear well traveled or wish to conjure up a desire for further travel.

Fishing Boats

Fishing boats
Fishing boats | Source

Fishing Boat Names

If you're choosing a name for a fishing boat you have many options. Whether the boat is used for charter or for personal use, choosing names associated with fishing tackle or simply the pleasure of fishing.

If you are charter boat business, the name should reflect the image you are trying to project. No one wants to go luxury cruising on a boat called "Bait Master but if they are chartering the boat for fishing then it is a great name.

  • Gone Fishin
  • Catchin Dinner
  • Avid Angler
  • Bait Master
  • Bigger Game
  • Reel Deal
  • Reel Satisfaction

How could you not catch something with names like these?

The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark | Source

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Humorous Boat Names

I personally love seeing a boat with a humorous name, to me it conveys that the people inside are fun people. They are enjoying themselves and not concerned with what other people think about them or their boat.

  • Broke but afloat
  • Called in sick
  • Going Seanile
  • Your Place Oar Mine
  • What's up Dock
  • Sleeping with Oars

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Relaxing names for boats

There is a fast growing number of boats with names that conjure up pleasant relaxing thoughts. The idea that you can just sail away and take a break from the real world whilst leaving your problems onshore. Below are a few suggestions.

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Solitude
  • Mental floss
  • Escape
  • Solitude
  • Serenity
  • Whisper
  • Dreamweaver

Alcohol related boat names

There are many names also related to alcohol, these can be fun as long as you don't draw unwanted attention from the port authorities.

  • Three sheets
  • J & B
  • Kahlúa
  • Beeracuda
  • Shaken not stirred
  • Comfortably Numb
  • On the rocks

Yachts in a marina
Yachts in a marina | Source

Mythological Boat Names

Many people still prefer to use a name from Greek mythology. Below are a few of the more popular ones.

  • Phaedra (Bright)
  • Adonis (The God of Beauty and Desire)
  • Pegasus (The flying horse)
  • Poseidon (God of the Sea)
  • Zephyr (God of the West Wind)
  • Boreas (God of the North Wind)
  • Eurus (God of the East Wind)
  • Notus (God of the South Wind)
  • Odyssey (Epic Voyage)

Video of boat re-naming ceremony

Renaming Your Boat

The renaming of a boat is something that is cloaked with superstition. It is thought that bad luck will befall you if a boat is renamed. Firstly a little explanation why. When most of the trading was done by boat, a boat carried a reputation with it. As such, when you arrived in a port to do business you were greeted and welcomed because over time the locals had developed a relationship with the traders. If a boat changed its name, it was treated with suspicion and a new relationship had to begin.

If you have bought a boat and you just truly cannot live with the name. The following is what you need to do.

You must first remove everything that has the ship's previous name. Get rid of everything that may have the old name on it. Don't forget key chains or life rings the name may come off with cleaners. If they are stickers, there are products on the market that will remove them as well as scrapers. There are a few products to the side here.

Notify the Coast Guard of the name change with proper documentation. Once you are sure you have removed everything, then you will need a christening ceremony. Invite some friends and bring the champagne. Not the cheap stuff, some of it will be offered to the Gods of the Sea. You will need to make a speech to the boat and notify her and the Gods of the name change. Splash champagne across the hull. There is no need to smash a bottle on the boat.Toast her, the Gods, and her new name.

What would you name a boat?

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      Ruth Clark 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Excellent hub and very well written. I always heard that it was bad luck to re-name a ship. But maybe that's a "Navy" thing. I think I read it in a Napoleonic wars series of British Naval novels.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Ruth,

      I am pleased you liked it. You would get on well with my better half, he loves those novels as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I guess this is as important as naming your special puppy. Enjoyed the hub topic. I saw a yacht the other day with the name, "Diamonds Are Forever!"..wonder who owns it?

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      A gentleman named John Staluppi. He was one of the first to see the potential of a car maker called Honda. After a decade he had a 20 dealerships. His next success was with Hyundai.

      He turned his hand to the yachting industry and created Millennium Super Yachts.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the fun quiz!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Natashalh,

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Great to hear from you.

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      Person 9 months ago

      I would name a boat Princess Andromeada from Greek mythology also the name of Luke's yaht from Percy Jackson.

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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      That sounds like a fantastic name for a boat. Many boats and yachts, take their names from mythology. I think it gives them more class to be honest.

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      Blu Luna 8 months ago

      daughters name is Blu

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      Mary Wickison 7 months ago from Brazil

      That would be a wonderful name for a boat as well.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Craig White 7 months ago

      Named my Jon boat Stacyann after my beloved

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 months ago from Northern California, USA

      These are all very interesting names. I did not know that boats could be renamed. I mean, I did believe it was bad luck to rename a boat. Thank you for clearing that up for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the reason behind each type of boat name.

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Marlene,

      Sorry for the late reply.

      Some people keep the name and others opt to change it. Just today I was reading about a boat which has had 3 names. Its name, now is January. This was the month the couple were married and also the month they bought their boat. Plus it is also a time of new beginnings.

      Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jill Spencer 2 months ago from United States

      These were a lot of fun, and the quiz at the end was great. A good read!

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      MsDora 2 months ago

      Mary, this was so entertaining and informational too. Now, I think the boat ride would be more enjoyable if you like the name.

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Jill & Dora,

      I'm glad you both enjoyed it. They always say, a pretty boat sails well, perhaps a great name helps too.

      Thank you both for reading.

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      Nell Rose 2 months ago from England

      The only boat or ship that I would love would be one of the old cutters or galleons! we call the cutters etc tall ships, but I love them, and would love to sail around the world with those!

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Nell,

      My husband keeps looking at the gaff rigged ships. All I see are a bunch of ropes. Where I have visions of sitting on a catamaran drinking my mug of tea with a good book, he has visions of rolling seas, pitching boats and water spray in his face.

      We need to find a compromise. We are trying to swap our house in Brazil for a boat. Know any takers? We'll pay a good commission!

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